A pile of discarded prayer flags lays in front of Mount Everest, which claimed four lives in just four days over the weekend.

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Four People Have Died on Everest in as Many Days

The mountain's terrible toll has set the 2016 climbing season off to a rocky start

A cross marks the Austrian line in the Pasubio mountains, a relic of their 1916 “Punishment Expedition.”

World War I: 100 Years Later

The Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountains

Even amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like nothing the world had ever seen—or has seen since

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China Will Start Publicly Shaming Tourists Who Graffiti Mount Everest

Leave nothing but footprints

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Mountaineers Have Discovered the Bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges

The climbers died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999

Swiss yodeling choir Jodlerclub Echo during a competition.


How to Yodel Like a Local

The Swiss tradition is much more than a simple yodel-ay-ee-oooo

Ginseng roots

The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains

A profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of Appalachia



Switzerland's Most Beautiful Alpine Gardens

The best place to see Switzerland's stunning flora is high up in the mountains

A passenger aboard a commercial flight to Anchorage, AK snapped this picture of the volcano in action.

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Alaska’s Most Active Volcano Is at It Again

Pavlof Volcano spews ash 20,000 feet into the air, and scientists warn pilots to steer clear

"Serra Gaucha," by Guy Laramée

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These Mountains Are Made of Books

An interdisciplinary artist creates landscapes out of encyclopedias

The Matterhorn is perhaps the most recognizable of the peaks that make up the Alps, and has a height of 14,692 feet.


Seven Surprising Facts About the Matterhorn

The towering peak that straddles Switzerland and Italy is full of secrets

Prayer flags in North Sikkim, where the author traveled in search of clues about his grandfather

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: India

One Man's Epic Rail Journey to the Darjeeling Himalaya

A grandson retraces adventurer Francis K.I. Baird's mysterious trek to a remote village near the India-Tibet border

For the first time since 1974, no climbers reached the peak of Mt. Everest.

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Here's Why Nobody Made It Up Mount Everest Last Year

For the first time in over four decades, red tape and poor conditions prevented any climbers from conquering the mountain

During the first two years of the team's studies, snow sealed the entrance to Snow Dragon cave. But in recent years, low snowpack has kept the entrance open year-round.

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Behold the Beauty of Disappearing Glacier Ice Caves on Mt. Hood

Catch them before they're gone -- these tunnels and caverns may soon melt away

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Inca Road

Visit Machu Picchu With Google Street View

Armed with a backpack and 15 high-res cameras, Google just tackled one of the world's wonders

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Mount Everest’s Glaciers are Turning Into Lakes

Thousands of Himalayan glaciers could melt by the end of the century

Scuba divers abound at the lake during spring and summer, but during fall and winter the lake is a hiker's paradise instead.


Explore Austria's Underwater Hiking Trails

Catch it if you can—scuba season is short in this crystal-clear, temporary lake


Experience Alpine Enchantment at These Eight Austrian Huts

Grander than their name might imply, these <i>hütten</i> are the perfect perch for weary travelers

New Research

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Just Hit a 500-Year Low

The last time California was this dry, European explorers hadn’t yet reached San Diego

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Colorado Once Lost Pikes Peak to Texas in a Bet

A friendly wager raised the stakes to a whole new elevation.

Aymara people prepare an offering to Mother Earth during the sunrise of the winter solstice ceremony in La Apacheta, El Alto, on the outskirts of La Paz.

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Inca Road

In Bolivia's High-Altitude Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Again

Among sacred mountains, in a city where spells are cast and potions brewed, the otherworldly is everyday

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